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What is an SMSC?
What is SMPP?
What do I need in-house to use SMPP?
What are the benefits of using SMPP?
Who will typically use an SMPP connection?
What is IrDA?
What is Serial Cable?
What is GSM Modem?
 
What is an SMSC?

SMSC is an abbreviation for the words Short Message Service Centre. An SMSC provides a number of services, in particular the regulation of the transfer of text messages between mobile phones. When a user sends a text message (SMS message) to a recipient, the phone actually sends the message to the SMSC. The SMSC stores the message and then delivers it to the destination recipient when they are available. The SMSC usually has a configurable time limit for how long it will store the message, and the user can usually specify a shorter time limit if they want. Additionally the message centre will take care of any charging that needs to take place. Generally speaking there is at least one Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) per network. For bulk transmission and reception of SMS messages, SMSC's have conventional, fixed, network interfaces as well as mobile network interfaces. A number of protocols have been defined to support this sort of wire-line access. SMPP is the most commonly used of these protocols.

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What is SMPP?

The Short Message Peer to Peer (SMPP) protocol is an open industry standard messaging protocol designed to simplify integration of data applications with wireless mobile networks such as GSM, TDMA, CDMA and PDC. The protocol is widely deployed in the mobile telecommunications industry.

What do I need in-house to use SMPP?

If you want to use our SMPP connection you will need to have an SMSC account from any provider who sells SMPP gateways

What are the benefits of using SMPP?

The SMPP connection will allow for permanent connectivity to a SMSC, thus saving clients time in having to perform ad hoc posts via the internet. Secondly, the SMPP gateway will allow for you to send greater message volumes more efficiently than any of the other protocols on offer.

Who will typically use an SMPP connection?

The SMPP connection is typically suitable for customers with large message volumes, and mature SMS applications. These include the likes of network aggregators, large corporates, and IT integrators.

What is IrDA ?

IrDA (Infrared Data Association) is the Trade Association for defining Infrared Standards. IrDA Data Cable converts computers that do not have IrDA (infrared) ports with an infrared connection by plugging into a USB port. Some mobile phones have an infrared area on the top or side of the phone where you can transfer data. If your computer does not have an IrDa port than you can purchase this cable to transfer your data via IrDa.

The IrDA data cables are designed for use with a standard PC serial port. These devices are fully IrDA compliant, offering fast, convenient access to any IrDA-compliant mobile phone. They are also suitable for use with infrared-enabled devices, such as PocketPC's, palmtops and other PDA's.

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What is Serial Cable ?

The Serial data cable allows you to connect your phone to your laptop or PC via a serial port to transfer or backup data, dial up to the Internet or edit ring tones on your phone.

What is GSM Modem ?

A GSM modem can be an external modem device, such as the Wavecom FASTRACK Modem. Insert a GSM SIM card into this modem, and connect the modem to an available serial port on your computer.

A GSM modem can be a PC Card installed in a notebook computer, such as the Nokia Card Phone.

A GSM modem could also be a standard GSM mobile phone with the appropriate cable and software driver to connect to a serial port on your computer. Phones such as the Nokia 7110 with a DLR-3 cable, or various Ericsson phones, are often used for this purpose.

A dedicated GSM modem (external or PC Card) is usually preferable to a GSM mobile phone. This is because of some compatibility issues that can exist with mobile phones. For example, if you wish to be able to receive inbound MMS messages with your gateway, and you are using a mobile phone as your modem, you must utilize a mobile phone that does not support WAP push or MMS. This is because the mobile phone automatically processes these messages, without forwarding them via the modem interface. Similarly some mobile phones will not allow you to correctly receive SMS text messages longer

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